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Position Paper: Roadworthiness Package

Position Paper: Roadworthiness Package

The European Commission has launched proposals to revise the roadworthiness legislation as part of a new initiative to improve road safety. The first instrument is a revision of the 2009/40/EC Periodic Roadworthiness Directive. The second covers the revision of Directive 2000/30/EC on technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles. The final Directive to be revised is 1999/37/EC on the requirements for issuing registration certificates. The Directive on Periodic Roadworthiness tests was recast in 2009 but the body of the text has not seen any major […]

Raising the Bar – A Review of Cycling Policies in the European Union

Raising the Bar – A Review of Cycling Policies in the European Union

A comprehensive review of EU and individual member state cycling policies examining infrastructure, the relationship between cyclists and other vehicles and road user behaviour. Includes policy recommendations.  

Getting the best out of a Demerit Point System (BestPoint project handbook)

Getting the best out of a Demerit Point System (BestPoint project handbook)

Various kinds of Demerit Point Systems (DPS) have been developed and implemented in European countries, aimed at tackling repeat offences in road transport by acting as a deterrent and providing sanctioning. The impact of a DPS on the number of crashes is often reported to be significant but temporary. In this context the objective of the EU project BestPoint was to establish a set of recommended practices that would result in a more effective and sustainable contribution of DPS’s to road safety. The BestPoint […]

Pedalling towards Safety: EU Cycling Safety Ranking

Pedalling towards Safety: EU Cycling Safety Ranking

Around 2,100 cyclists were recorded as killed in traffic collisions in 2010 in the 24 EU countries where the data is available, representing 7.2% of the total number of road deaths recorded in those countries. Over the 2001-2010 decade the number of cyclist deaths was reduced by just 39%, compared to the 43% reduction in the overall number of road deaths observed in the same countries. EU-wide, 2009 and 2010 saw slower progress in reducing the number of cyclists killed on the roads than […]

Memorandum to the Cypriot Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Cypriot Presidency of the EU

This Memorandum briefly outlines ETSC’s priorities for the Cypriot Presidency of the EU and presents our recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC welcomes that the Cypriot Presidency of the EU has identified road safety as a priority, in particular for action on young drivers, under the EU’s land transport policy. We hope that the President of Cyprus Mr. Christofias, Mr Efthemios Flourentzou Minister of Communications and Works and Eleni Mavrou, Minister of Interior will take a personal interest and show their leadership in […]

Priorities for Road Safety Research in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme

Priorities for Road Safety Research in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme

In this briefing, ETSC outlines how the EU should prioritise road safety research in its Horizon 2020 research programme.  

6th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

6th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This 6th PIN Report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in three areas of road safety. It builds on the five previous Road Safety PIN Reports published in June 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The report compares developments in the numbers of road deaths, during the first year of the 2020 EU road safety target, and estimates the monetary value of their benefit to society. It also sets these one-year developments in the context of the reduction in road deaths observed since […]

Work Related Road Safety Management Programmes

Work Related Road Safety Management Programmes

The report presents the main elements of Work Related Road Safety (WRRS) management as a means of addressing work-related road risks. It commences by outlining why employers should address WRRS and by giving ideas on where to begin within individual organisations. Part of this is making the business case for managing road risk and demonstrating where savings can be made by investing proactively in road safety by employers. The third section looks at the importance of leadership in introducing a WRRS programme and integrating […]

Drink Driving – Towards Zero Tolerance

Drink Driving – Towards Zero Tolerance

This report provides an overview of the drink driving situation in the European Union (Chapter 1) and measures taken at the EU level to curb drink driving deaths (Chapter 2). ETSC calls on Member States and the European Institutions to adopt a zero tolerance for drink driving. Other ETSC recommendations to Member States and the European Union are also included in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 looks at countries’ progress in reducing road deaths attributed to drink driving between 2001 and 2010. Road deaths attributed […]

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 21

Contribution on Road Safety to CARS 21

ETSC’s contribution on road safety to the CARS 21 programme of the European Commission.  

Funding for Road Safety in the EU’s 2014-2020 Budget

Funding for Road Safety in the EU’s 2014-2020 Budget

In the context of the adoption of the new Multiannual Financial Framework ETSC would like to put forward recommendations about the budget numbers to support the priorities of the EU on road safety. In its recently adopted Transport White Paper the EU set new targets for reducing road traffic deaths in the EU: “By 2050, move close to zero fatalities in road transport. In line with this goal, the EU aims at halving road casualties by 2020.” The White Paper Communication reiterates the main […]

Memorandum to the Danish Presidency of the EU

Memorandum to the Danish Presidency of the EU

This Memorandum briefly outlines ETSC’s priorities for the Danish Presidency of the EU and presents our recommendations on key EU policy dossiers. ETSC hopes that road safety will be one of the priorities under land transport during the Danish Presidency of the EU, and that Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and Ministers of Transport and Justice Henrik Dam Kristensen and Morten Bødskov will take personal interest and show their leadership in delivering road safety in Denmark and in the EU. Key issues, carried over […]

Driving for Work: Managing Speed

Driving for Work: Managing Speed

This report offers employers an insight into tackling speeding amongst employees driving for work. Speeding can be defined as driving in excess of legally set speed limits and/or driving at speeds which are inappropriate to the prevailing conditions. Speeding is the main cause of road traffic collisions, deaths and serious injury. Loss of control of the driving task, and thus potentially of the vehicle, arises when the demands of the driving task exceed the available capability of the driver. As speed increases the task […]

EU Social Rules and Heavy Goods Vehicle Drivers

EU Social Rules and Heavy Goods Vehicle Drivers

This report aims to offer employers insight into tackling fatigue amongst HGV drivers. Fatigue is one of main risks for this group of professional drivers. Part one looks at the involvement in HGVs in collisions and collision causation factors including fatigue. The second part of the Thematic Report gives an overview of EU legislation on driving and resting times. Although this legislation aims at improving the working conditions of drivers and ensuring fair competition in the EU, this report will focus in on its […]

5th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

5th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This 5th PIN Report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in three areas of road safety. It builds on the four previous Road Safety PIN Reports published in June 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 . The report compares developments in reducing road deaths between 2001 and 2010 and reveals which countries have achieved the EU 2010 target and how other countries have progressed towards it. It estimates the monetary value of the benefit to society from the reduction in deaths and looks ahead […]

ETSC’s response to the 2011 European Commission Transport White Paper

ETSC’s response to the 2011 European Commission Transport White Paper

ETSC welcomes the new White Paper on Competitive and Resource Efficient Transport. In this response ETSC looks in Part 1 at the specific actions related to road safety and in Part 2 analyses the different measures presented that will also have an impact on road safety. It suggests areas for improvement and additions for saving lives on Europe’s roads.  

Road Safety at Work Zones

Road Safety at Work Zones

The focus of this thematic report is improving safety for both employees and road users in relation to work zone areas on and adjacent to roads. The road work zone (RWZ) is defined as the part of a road facility influenced by works occurring on or near it. The report sets the context by outlining the nature and scope of the problem of road safety at road related work zones including identification of the most significant risk factors and causes of collisions and incidents. […]

Position Paper: Longer and Heavier Vehicles

Position Paper: Longer and Heavier Vehicles

   

Traffic Law Enforcement Across the EU

Traffic Law Enforcement Across the EU

Tackling the three main killers on Europe’s roads The core of this publication is the benchmarking of countries’ performance in the area of enforcement, but good practice examples from Member States are highlighted as well. In the area of driver behaviour, the following 3 “main killers” are covered: Speed Non-use of seat belts Drink driving. Police forces also enforce offences that are not mentioned in this document such as use of mobile phones, drug, fatigue, non-use of helmets, working time, child seats etc, due mainly to missing data and analysis. Road collisions are […]

Minimising In-Vehicle Distraction

Minimising In-Vehicle Distraction

This report aims at offering employers insight on how to minimise distractions, but to offer a clear and specific scope it will focus on in-vehicle distractions associated with the use of electronic devices or so-called “nomadic devices” including mobile phones, smart phones, music players and portable navigation devices (PNDs). It aims to provide a source of information and recommendations to employers based on a recently completed longer study on the regulatory situation in the Member States regarding brought-in (i.e. nomadic) devices and their use […]

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